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June 3rd, 2014

A busy year is under way. Gigs done, gigs to do. The Beehive in Penkhull on June 4 is the next one. Greg and Kate are highly involved in the Penkhull Mystery Plays, which will happen on July 12. We’ve just recorded two more tracks for the “Tripeseller’s Lament” album of execution ballads. Caitlin Stubbs sang Adrian Mitchell and Arlo Guthrie’s song “Victor Jara of Chile”, and Peta Webb and Ken Hall sang “The Green Green Grass of home”. We recorded at the excellent Artisan Studios in Stoke. No previews yet, wait for the record!

Greg has been trying to learn how to make videos to put on youtube, so here is his fumbling first effort: a slideshow of the trip on the good ship Laragh in search of the Lost Fiddlers of the Grenadines.

Things seem to be humming along well in Penkhull, even in January and February, a nororiously quiet time for pubs and live music . Must have been 60-odd people in the Marquis of Granby on Wednesday for the Penkull Ukulele Band hosting their usual "last Wednesday" session. We had a great turn out for the Boat Band in January at the Beehive, and our next visit there is the day after tomorrow, Wednesday February 5. Come along, bring a song, a tune, a poem, a step-dance. Other pubs regulary host a variety of music, come and browse around!
Plans are unfolding for Penkhull Folk Week, which looks set to run from March 8-15. Watch this space, or the noticeboards for details.

Hope everyone had a safe, peaceful and puddingful Christmas.

The Boat Band's first gig of the year will be on Wednesday, January 8, at  the Beehive Inn, Honeywall, Penkhull, Stoke-on-Trent ST4 7HU. This is not the first Wednesday of the month(you will have noticed), we decided against a gig on Jan 1 as people might not have got up in time. In February we will be back to the normal Boat Band session routine, so the next Beehive gig will be Wed Feb 5.

As always, singers, clog dancers, poets etc very welcome to the Beehive nights. Many of the session regulars have been recording recently, Duncan Bourne's new CD is out, Clair Brennan and Esther Brennan both have albums  nearly finished. The Boat Band is getting on with recording too, doing songs with many wonderful guests. Still a lot to do, but we are on the way! In the bag so far: Rory McLeod singing "Miss Otis Regrets"; Terry Jones "The Tripeseller's Lament from the Gallows"; Tony Weatherall and the Clay Chorus "Hanging Johnny"; Kate Barfield and Esther Brennan "Geordie" and "The Long Black Veil".

We are constructing a new website, do take a look and then maybe Google will help people to find it, it seems a bit obscure as yet. We will fill it with new videos, pics, audio and chit chat as and when.

Best wishes

The Boat Band

PS For the next wee while, Greg and Kate will be found on a boat in the Grenadines(Canouan, Union Island, Mustique, Carriacou, Petite Martinique) playing harbour bars with Cork traddies Dave Hennessy and Katrina Emtage. Will attempt to get any gigs we set up onto the website. Normal service will be resumed at the Gloucester Cajun Festival, Jan 25, -  http://www.gloucestercajunfestival.co.uk/

The Boat Band's first gig of the year will be on Wednesday, January 8, at  the Beehive Inn, Honeywall, Penkhull, Stoke-on-Trent ST4 7HU. This is not the first Wednesday of the month(you will have noticed), we decided against a gig on Jan 1 as people might not have got up in time. In February we will be back to the normal Boat Band session routine, so the next Beehive gig will be Wed Feb 5.
As always, singers, clog dancers, poets etc very welcome to the Beehive nights. Many of the session regulars have been recording recently, Duncan Bourne's new CD is out, Clair Brennan and Esther Brennan both have albums  nearly finished. The Boat Band is getting on with recording too, doing songs with many wonderful guests. Still a lot to do, but we are on the way! In the bag so far: Rory McLeod singing "Miss Otis Regrets"; Terry Jones "The Tripeseller's Lament from the Gallows"; Tony Weatherall and the Clay Chorus "Hanging Johnny"; Kate Barfield and Esther Brennan "Geordie" and "The Long Black Veil".
We are constructing a new website, do take a look and then maybe Google will help people to find it, it seems a bit obscure as yet. We will fill it with new videos, pics, audio and chit chat as and when.
 
 
Best wishes
The Boat Band
PS For the next wee while, Greg and Kate will be found on a boat in the Grenadines(Canouan, Union Island, Mustique, Carriacou, Petite Martinique) playing harbour bars with Cork traddies Dave Hennessy and Katrina Emtage. Will attempt to get any gigs we set up onto the website. Normal service will be resumed at the Gloucester Cajun Festival, Jan 25, 

Hi everyone

All systems go again at the Greyhound after a 2-month sabbatical, so Wed Oct 2 is the first Wednesday of the month and we will be  there. Bring a song, a tune, a poem or whatever. We will have the dance board so any stepping, clogging, tapping, hornpiping or other showoff dancing will be totally welcome. On this occasion we will be in the public (left-hand) bar as there is a meeting in our usual bar, so there will be more room than usual. You can bring granny as well.

Our schedule for October is below, a bit thin for the second half of the month when we get back from Ireland so feel free to book us for something!